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This “Hidden Influencer” is Expanding Opportunity for Women Farmers in Colombia

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Mar 5, 2020 2:55:23 PM

Elizabeth Garzon Piamba, agronomic technician for ASPROSI coffee association.

It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. The crickets have stopped chirping and hours will pass before the rooster crows. Elizabeth Garzón Piamba is preparing the fire for breakfast while her family sleeps. After she feeds her children and gets them ready for school, she heads out to work as the sun just peeks over the horizon. Elizabeth is a coffee farmer. And she has 4,000 trees to take care of.

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America, Our Community

Reflecting on a 20-Year Partnership with Root Capital

Posted by Colleen Popkin -- Keurig Dr Pepper  |  Feb 20, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the lush, coffee-growing region of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Northern Colombia. The Sierra Nevada is a unique coastal mountain range—with altitudes reaching well above 18,000 feet within sight of the Caribbean. Its rugged and steep geography makes travel to the region quite difficult. Driving to a farm only 14 miles from town took me almost four hours.

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Topics: South America, Partnerships, Our Community

Cómo la tecnología digital puede democratizar el acceso a la información para las empresas rurales

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Dec 10, 2019 10:25:48 AM

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La versión original de este blog apareció en inglés en el sitio web del Pace Able Foundation.

El pueblo de Lonya Grande se encuentra en la región montañosa de Amazonas en Perú. Es aquí a horas en carro de la ciudad más cerca donde la cooperativa CECAFE tiene su sede. Los y las socias de la cooperativa viven aún más alejados y deben atravesar por caminos sinuosos próximos al Parque Nacional Cutervo.

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Topics: South America, Mexico and Central America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, En Español, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

How Digital Technology is Democratizing Data for Rural Businesses

Posted by Kate Hyder  |  Nov 5, 2019 4:09:24 PM

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This post originally appeared on the website of the Pace Able Foundation.

The town of Lonya Grande sits in the mountainous region of Amazonas, Peru. It is here, hours by car from the nearest major city, that the coffee cooperative CECAFE has its headquarters. Members of the cooperative live even farther afield, down winding roads in the shadows of the Cutervo National Park.

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Topics: South America, Partnerships, Advisory Services, Stories of Impact, Livelihoods, Digital Business Intelligence

In Peru's Coffeelands, These Women Mean Business

Posted by Abigail Bok  |  Oct 15, 2019 12:42:46 PM

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Along the impossibly steep and narrow road winding up to the village of Sanchirio Palomar, the only sounds are the rustling tree canopy and birdsong. It’s fitting, since the village’s name—a combination of Spanish and indigenous words—means “cold river with many birds.” With internet and reliable phone service only arriving last month, Sanchirio Palomar feels, at first, like a sleepy place where not much happens. But in reality, this remote Peruvian village pulses with ambition, creativity, and drive. Just ask Patricia. 

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Topics: Women in Agriculture, South America, Stories of Impact

How Investing in Young People Sets Coffee Businesses Up for Long-term Success

Posted by Rob Hefferon  |  Sep 24, 2019 12:27:38 PM

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Duban Gómez Alvarado grew up expecting to one day enter the family business: coffee farming. The Alvarados have worked the flourishing fields of western Colombia for generations—but, in recent years, climate change has imperiled their crop yields. Simultaneously, the global coffee price has plummeted below the cost of production, leaving many farmers without a livable income. “For many years, we have been coffee farmers in my family,” Duban says, “but I am not convinced at the prospect of continuing with my family’s work.”

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Topics: South America, Partnerships, Youth, Stories of Impact